Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

A New Vision of America

// Urban Grace honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 6th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2012 Interfaith Service will be held at Urban Grace Church on Jan. 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge.

Four varied faith traditions will be represented with interfaith blessings being given. Associate Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes of Urban Grace Church will welcome all to the event. Two representatives from the Buddhist and Hindu communities, respectively, will deliver the interfaith blessings. Rev. Chris Morton, executive director of Associated Ministries, will give the Message.

This year’s event has an intergenerational focused program featuring performances by Steve and Kristi Nebel, Fab 5 and others. A creative rendition created and directed by C. Rosalind Bell will be presented, as well.

On this, the sixth year of the event, keynote speaker Dr. Dexter Gordon will speak to this year’s theme “A New Vision of America.”

An awards ceremony for social justice leadership called The Conversation Social Justice Award will present five local people with acknowledgement for at least 10 years each of varied continuous service in Tacoma. Following the service in the sanctuary, organizations focused on social justice will be providing information and sharing ideas at tables in the lower level of the church.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2012 project is a product of The Conversation. Part of the event mission is to address social malaise in the redeeming of King’s vision. To quote him, “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

The ecumenical location was chosen in part because of the aspects associated with Dr. King in his civil rights and social justice leadership. Were it not for pastors providing bus transportation, the boycotts of public transportation could not have happened as African-Americans in the South, by and large, lacked automobiles to get to work.

The event is sponsored with private donations. In past years, the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council has been a contributor. The Conversation is a grassroots group of Tacoma and South Sound residents committed to the building of a diverse, critically engaged social justice community. The group convenes weekly on Sundays at noon at the REACH Center located at South 27th and Tacoma Avenue in Tacoma. All ages are welcome.

Urban Grace is located at 902 Market St. The phone number at the church is (253) 272-2184.